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Love With Rebukes!
Caught off-guard by an unexpected winter storm, two hikers desperately fought their way through the blizzard. The wind-driven snow pelted their faces and obstructed their vision. The snowdrifts grew deeper and deeper. After hours of exposure to the bitter-cold temperatures, sheer exhaustion overcame one of the men, and he shouted to his friend, “I need to rest.” Then he collapsed into the snow and fell asleep almost immediately.
His companion, recognizing the gravity of their situation, strained to see through the snow and realized that they were not far from shelter. He hurried over to his fallen friend and slapped him in the face. The sleeping man, now awakened, became angry and pursued his “attacker” into the nearby house. Once inside he demanded, “Why did you slap me?!” His friend replied: “I slapped you to save your life. If I would have let you have what you wanted, you would have frozen to death!”
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend” (Proverbs 27:6).